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Math Musings: An Adult Numeracy Blog

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How a Health Diagnosis Made My Math Skills All Too Relevant (And Why Math Education Is Critical for Public Health)
A huge international study of adult literacy and numeracy skills (Program for the International Assessment of Adult Competencies, known as PIACC) showed that in the U.S., 30% of adults had numeracy skills at or below level 1, which means they could only perform the most basic, single step, whole number operations.1,2  This could impact the … Continue reading How a Health Diagnosis Made My Math Skills All Too Relevant (And Why Math Education Is Critical for Public Health)
Some Help Hurts: Our Responsibility to Our Students
by Sarah Lonberg-Lew A student joined my class in the middle of April and told me she absolutely had to achieve her high school equivalency by the end of June. “I can. I must. I will,” she said to me. She is willing to do whatever it takes – get a tutor, watch videos about … Continue reading Some Help Hurts: Our Responsibility to Our Students

Adult Numeracy Center Mission

Creating engaging mathematics learning experiences has long been a focus of TERC’s work. Numeracy, the ability to manage the quantitative demands of a situation, to solve problems in real contexts, is at the heart of much that adults need to do. The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC helps adults and young adults understand how math is present and relevant in everyday life, and how they can use this knowledge to improve their lives and communities.

The National Research Council’s definition of math proficiency guides our work with learners, teachers, directors, and professional development providers. Together with state and city partners we build capacity to offer high quality math instruction in adult learning centers, schools, community colleges, and informal settings. We work in concert with informal educators such as environmental organizers to design materials that foster science and math learning.

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SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center 

The Adult Numeracy Center at TERC is also home to the SABES Mathematics and Adult Numeracy Curriculum & Instruction PD Center. SABES (System for Adult Basic Education Support) promotes high quality adult basic education services in Massachusetts through training, support, and resources that improve the skills and knowledge of practitioners and strengthen programs.Visit our page on the main SABES site or find more detailed information about our staff and professional development offerings here.

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Adult Numeracy Center Director Donna Curry confesses she didn't know as much about math as she thought she did in this video recorded at the 2018 Adult Numeracy Network meeting.



A successful EMPower® pilot in Kentucky

Kentucky Adult Education (KYAE) Skills U helps adult students attain high school equivalency diplomas and prepare for college and career success using EMPower®.

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Now available! 

EMPower Plus, which includes an updated and enhanced versions of three titles (Using Benchmarks, Split It Up, and Everyday Number Sense) in the original EMPower™ series, is now available for purchase. EMPower Plus titles were specifically designed to align with Career and College Readiness Standards for Adult Education.

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or Contact a McGraw-Hill rep about purchasing EMPower.